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Toronto Japanese Film Festival Closing Night and Kobayashi Audience Choice Award

Toronto Japanese Film Festival Closing Night and Kobayashi Audience Choice Award

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival’s closing night brought out a beyond-capacity crowd of 560 to see the North American premiere of Yoshihiro Nakamura’s delightful MUMON – THE LAND OF STEALTH. The audience loved the film and enjoyed director Nakamura’s humorous stories in the post screening Q&A session.

At the post-screening reception, Ryota Nakano’s HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER was announced as the recipient of the Kobayashi Audience Choice Award.

This year’s festival attracted some of Japan’s top directors and stars as well as a 30% increase in audience numbers. We are already looking forward to 2018 but remember: we have 3 additional films in July and August so we hope to see you then!

Here are some of the highlights of the 2017 festival.

Director Takashi Yamazaki at Opening Night
FUELED – THE MAN CALLED PIRATE
海賊とよばれた男

Actor Joe Odagiri
HER LOVE BOILS BATHWATER
湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛
OVER THE FENCE
オーバー・フェンス

Director Yoshitaka Mori
SATOSHI – A MOVE FOR TOMORROW
聖の青春

Director Mitsuhito Shiraha
WHAT’S FOR DINNER, MOM?
ママ、ごはんまだ?

Director Yoshihiro Nakamura at Closing Night
MUMON – THE LAND OF STEALTH
忍びの国

Stuntwoman/Actress Chihiro Tanaka
Trigger Demonstrated Ninja Stunts

Long line up to see Mr. Joe Odagiri!

Taiko performance by Nagata Shachu

Singer Hisaka

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